Questions related to searching a filesystem, either live searches or indexed file searches.

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Why don't file managers use the Master File Table for instant search results? [closed]

I've just discovered UltraSearch and was blown away by its file and folder search speed. It's instantaneous. And doesn't use any indexing service. It simply uses the NTFS Master File Table, which ...
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Can I force full speed to the indexing service of Windows?

On windows 7 there's 'pause' and there's 'indexing speed is reduced due to user activity' but what if one wants full speed during desktop activity?
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Free visual similarity image for a local hard drive search? [closed]

I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. I've only found paid for ones so far. It could be Linux or windows one, either would be ...
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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Windows 8 Stuck on Start Screen File Search

I have been searching someone else having the same issue but I couldn't find any. Here is my problem: I'm using Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. File search screen does not close itself after I make ...
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Windows 7 - Find all files that are alone in a folder

I need to find a way to select all files that are alone in their folders, so I can cut and paste them someplace else. All respective folders are inside one main root folder. Is there a command prompt, ...
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Windows 7 File Explorer search not working

I can't use the Windows 7 File Explorer search successfully. If I enter a search string, for instance car in the search box, I just get No files found, despite obviously having several files that ...
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Searching for Extensionless Files in Windows 7

I cannot for the life of me figure out a way to have Windows 7 Explorer search for files with no extension. In XP it was nice and simple: just search for files named *. but in 7, that does not work ...
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What's an alternative to “Everything” search for Linux?

In windows there is a pretty good search tool named Everything, which can let us search files by name. It's very fast, and easy to use. Now I wonder if there is any similar tool in Linux? Command ...
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Force Windows 8 to search indexed files

When using search files in Windows 8 (win+f) I don't get expected results. For example, I installed VLC, it's in Program Files (86) folder, and that folder is selected for indexing. Search for files ...
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Alternative to the Everything search engine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the fastest desktop search tools you’ve used on Windows? I love the speed of Everything, but am frustrated by its lack of sorting options. Is there an ...
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Find files with non-ASCII characters in filenames in Windows XP

Is there any easy way to find all files in a particular directory that have any non-ASCII (ie. Unicode) characters in the filename? I'm running Windows XP x64 SP2, NTFS filesystem.
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How to find all video type files in windows 8.1

How can I find all my video files in windows 8.1? I go into the windows 8.1 start screen and start typing "*.avi". It finds a small number of videos on my C drive. Search appears to only look on ...
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Searching network drive without indexing - win xp

I believe someone else asked that question in relation to Windows 7 but if I want to search a network drive in Win XP, is there a way to do it without the need to index the files?
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Quickly access recently opened files in Windows 10?

In Windows 7 it was as easy as typing in the Start menu ("Search programs" input) the name of a recently opened file. This funcionality seems absent in Windows 10. I've checked that "Show recently ...
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How to run updatedb, excluding some paths, but not removing previous indexed content for those paths?

I have a strange question, and i am not sure this is something doable at all, thats why i am asking it to the SuperUser :) So, imagine that you have your filesystem with some mount points for ...
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Is there a way in windows 7 to search for file by time created?

Basically I would like to sort or search for files by time created, with the date as a wildcard. IE search for files made after 6PM, but before 6AM. I know it shows the time in "Date Created," but I ...
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Windows 7 not searching in non-indexed folders

I am simply not able to use the Windows 7 search box to find files in the current directory. The following are my settings: I have currently configured Windows Indexing only to search in my "Start ...
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How to sort Spotlight results by size in the Finder?

How do I sort search result by size in Finder? I would prefer some sort of setting, or shell plug-in. I'm using this to clean my hard drive by finding and deleting the largest files first. I'm not ...
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Disabling Windows indexing service

Does it increase the performance of my old notebook (IBM R50e) to disable the indexing service for fast file searching? I am aware that it will take more time when I search for files without this ...
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search for a substring in file name with built in windows search

I am using windows 8 and I find that the built in search facility is not working as expected. I have a folder like this and when I search it like this, I get no result. I would like the search ...
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Search for a file in a Far Manager panel like FreeCommander Quick Search

How do I make search for file in Far Manager that is in the current directory of the selected panel? In FreeCommander, this can be done just by typing file's name.
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How can I search for files that are either compressed or uncompressed in Windows Explorer?

I know that Windows explorer can colorize the NTFS compression state of a file, in both the regular and search views. How can I specifically filter/search for files that are compressed or ...
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Is there a Windows program to search for files that has these 4 specific features? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the fastest desktop search tools you’ve used on Windows? Is there a Windows program to efficiently search for files that does not wear down the disks? ...
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find command and support for media metadata

I have a folder with tons of disorganized files of all types with deep levels of subfolders and I want to find every audio file WITH 320kpbs (bitrate) and run something upon each of them without ...
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How to do binary searches on Windows?

I want to search for a binary file and all I know it contains a certain sequence of bytes. What tool can help me to find it?
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How to search *upwards* for file? (reverse find)

I'd like to search "upwards" for a file in shell script, e.g. check $PWD, then $PWD/.., then $PWD/../.., etc. until hitting the root. Before I go and roll my own, is there some builtin bash/zsh/find ...
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Fast search within text files in windows

Is there a program for windows that would do a great job of searching within files? I have a folder that I constantly need to search in for certain text, It would be nice to have a program that ...
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Microsoft Outlook 7 with Windows XP - various problems

I have various issues with Outlook at the present time. First of all, in trying to fix one problem I have created a couple more. When I open Outlook now it asks me which profile I want to open... this ...
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How can I force Everything search engine to re-index?

I used Everything for searching files on Windows 7. I made many changes in the file system based on the results (deleting and renaming specific files), and I want to check if I covered all the files I ...
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How can I find files NOT matching a specific extension in Windows XP?

I need to find and delete all files in subdirectories that are not .SQL files. I can't figure out how to search for <>.SQL or !.SQL in Windows Search. Most of the solutions that I've seen here ...
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How can I identify files in my Windows file system where the modified date is X more recent than the created date?

I'm hoping this can be handled with some PowerShell tricks. I have a directory on my work machine (Windows XP) containing tons of PDFs, some of which I've annotated and resaved. I'd like to be able ...
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IS there an FTP tool that can search for a phrase in all the files in a directory?

Probably not, just need to clear up a question between me and a colleague. Wondering if there's an FTP tool that will search for a phrase within all the files in a directory.
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Get size of all files in directory modified within last year

I'm trying to evaluate storage usage on a linux server. Most of the bulk of storage is coming from the images. I'd like to see if I can get a sense of the size of files modified in the last year. and ...
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How to search for a file in war,ear and jar files recursively in Linux

I need to search for a file (logo.png), in a folder that contains war, ear, and jar archive files. Can anyone help me with the command?
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How can I search for the largest image file in a folder? (resolution and size)

I have a large collection of image files, from different cameras, phones, etc. They are all nicely sorted into folders by date/subject (eg: 2011-12-25-Family Christmas Dinner) and I manage them using ...
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How do I list files modified on or before particular date?

Using linux commands , is there way to list files which are created an hour (or particular date) before ?.
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Search all files containing text

With Busybox, how do you search for an expression within a bunch of files recursively through a bunch of directories, but only look through text files? We don't know what the file's suffix is going ...
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Index a set of files to search their text quickly?

I have a unique need: I am frequently searching a large set of text files for a keyword or two. Right now, I open up Notepad++ and use the "Find in files" feature. It works just fine, but with the ...
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Need help searching video files by encoding format profile

I am looking for a way to search all my video files (directory/recursive) that have a "Format profile" of QuickTime and/or "Codec ID" of qt. I just found out that my encoding software has ...
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How to search for files in Windows 7+ like you could in Windows XP?

I have a couple questions about searching for files on Windows 7. I find the XP method much easier than this new Windows 7 search. Note: I am only concerned about finding files whose names match a ...
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Windows 7. Permission to search but not for any user to browse

I recently changed permissions on my external usb drive so users by default don't have read permission. Now i realize i cannot search through the drive. after setting 'everyone' permission to read i ...
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Solution to archive and search PDF files on a NAS

In my company we have a lot of customer information saved in .pdf files which are stored on a QNAP NAS. I want to be able to do a quick search for information inside the .pdf, like Contract Numbers ...
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DiskInternal's Linux Reader Search

A 2TB external hard drive having multiple reiserfs, ext2/3 and similar linux file systems on it. In need for a quick search from within windows xp I found Linux Reader from DiskInternals. It ...
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Utility to search the content of external hard disk (if possible index it in advance)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Searching through txt, pdf and doc files How to search my contents in my portable hard disk quickly (just like a google desktop)? having lots of materials in the ...
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How do I disable indexing in a specific directory across multiple platforms?

I have some files that will be accessed across several platforms (Mac OS X and Windows 7 mainly, but I wouldn't rule out Linux in the future) and I do not want these files indexed by the search ...
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Search Everything does not always find file with exclamation marks

I have a file called !!! Readme !!!.txt. When I search the file with Search Everything, the following happens: search for Readme finds the file search for !!! does not find the file but finds many ...
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Searching for files which was created at certain date

Is it possible to find files which was created at certain date? I don't remember file name, but I know date when it was created. I am using windows 7.
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“Everything” for fat32 filesystems? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the fastest desktop search tools you’ve used on Windows? Can someone suggest me a quick file search utility for xp like "everything" from ...
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how to search file at server

i'm newbie at linux... 1. i want to make backup database(use mysqldump) 2. copy from server(use linux-server) to client PC (use linux- ubuntu 9.0).. 3. before that i want to search that DB file using ...